October 7, 2009, - 12:09 pm
On Monday Morning, I was one of the first to cover Rush Limbaugh’s bid to be a part owner of the NFL’s St. Louis Rams. After I wrote about it, the followers in the rest of the conservative blogosphere and Drudge served up the stale news much later.
I figured the mainstream liberal sports media would diss Rush’s bid, and I was correct. It’s interesting how the media covers this story compared with lefty James Carville’s Chairmanship of the New Orleans Superbowl 2013 organizing committee, or the fact that Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney is openly pro-Obama and got an ambassadorship (to Ireland) as payment for that prostitution.
Take today’s USA Today. Limbaugh is described by “reporter” Skip Wood as “controversial” and “polarizing,” and the story raises the issue of whether such a figure should be allowed to own an NFL team. The word “intrigue”–as if there’s some sort of trickery to buying an NFL team–is also used, implying something sinister.
The controversial public figure released his declaration Tuesday with few details, citing a confidentiality agreement with Goldman Sachs, the investment firm the Frontiere family has hired to review the assets of her estate. . . .
Chief NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Tuesday that, although he understood the intrigue surrounding the possible inclusion of a widely known yet polarizing figure into the league, he had to decline to comment.
It’s hilarious that Rush is described this way, yet never a word about Carville’s polarizing views when he joined the Superbowl committee. Nor a word about Dan Rooney’s disgusting slobbering over Barack Obama at NFL games, etc. Now that’s what should be labeled “controversial.” I doubt Rush–unlike Rooney–would ever use his position as an NFL part-owner for politics.
On the contrary, I’d say the biggest controversy about him with regard to the NFL is his consistent silence on corporate welfare and tax hikes for NFL stadiums and his mostly reticence on the criminal activity and behavior of many NFL and college players (yes, he’s, indeed, spoken out on violent NBA players, such as Latrell Sprewell).
FYI, the name Frontiere, referred to above, is the late Georgia Frontiere (pronounced “Frun-tear-ee”), who owned the Rams and died last year. For the record, I once had a phone interview with her when I was in grad school. It was for a possible front office job with the team. A friend of mine was a close friend of hers, and he got me the interview. He warned me that she was “a bitch” (his words) and hated women, was unbearable, and would never hire me. And I can say that based on that one episode, he was right in spades. If Rush is the new part-owner of the Rams, the level of congeniality in the owner’s box will certainly be improved.
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